Vancouver Canucks have made waves this season when it comes to scoring goals, amassing 13 thus far – 12 coming in just two memorable matches alone! Their scoring heroes range from the top six players and their supporting cast through a powerful third line; even backend contributor Ian Cole has made outstanding contributions.
However, the team has experienced difficulties maintaining lineup consistency this season despite mostly successful play; constantly shifting line combinations have caused inconsistency that has rendered some games unpredictable; apart from an efficient third line that provides predictable third-period performances, no set forward group has emerged that can take control and thus bring about predictable play from its players in recent weeks.
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Vancouver Canucks have had their eye on Buffalo Sabres winger Jordan Greenway since his time with Minnesota Wild, according to an analysis published in The Athletic by Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal.
Greenway was acquired from the Wild just ahead of the 2023 trade deadline for two second and fifth-round draft picks, one being Riley Heidt in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Since joining, he has continued playing a bottom-six role, accumulating 10 points (three goals and seven assists) across 28 games this season.
While victories have been secured, something crucial remains elusive within the Canucks team. Conor Garland, Teddy Blueger and Dakota Joshua have taken creditable steps forward as fill-in players. Still, ideally, more permanent solutions are desired from the top six contributors as this season reaches the midpoint with a 25-11-3 record in second place overall league-wide.
As all teams have completed enough games to become more accurately reflective of their accurate standings, and with only a handful of matches left before the midpoint, playoff chances for Vancouver become ever more likely.
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Pius Suter stands out in particular due to his consistent secondary scoring on his team and versatile play, adapting seamlessly across roles, including penalty kills and power plays, to contribute effectively in these instances. Suter was awarded individual performance of the week on this basis.
J.T. Miller was named second star of the week for an outstanding performance that saw him end an eight-game goalless drought by scoring three goals and providing two primary assists, totalling 53 points – becoming the first Canuck to hit 50 this year and placing fifth overall in league scoring.
Elias Pettersson made an immediate mark at the start of 2019, scoring four goals within six days to kick-start 2019. Even with inconsistent linemates, Pettersson showed his offensive prowess – particularly during Saturday’s “lotto line” victory, which earned them an outstanding 6-4 triumph over their opposition.
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As Pettersson becomes more stable with his linemates throughout the season, questions about his true potential arise. At the same time, winning games might seem promising enough for Pettersson’s offensive production to rise even higher. With more consistency among teammates on board to support Pettersson, further upping offensive production could unlock even higher offensive output from him.
Looking ahead, the Canucks have set themselves on an Eastern road trip comprising four games over six nights, including meeting former captain Bo Horvat on his home turf for one game during this trip. Fans are excited to witness whether or not Vancouver can maintain its scoring momentum and secure its playoff place.